Annual Meeting

2018 SIEDC Award winners

SIEDC AwardThe SIEDC Awards are presented each year at the SIEDC Annual Meeting to recognize businesses and individuals in the Tiffin and Seneca County community. Not every award is given each year, only when the Membership & Events Committee and/or the president or chairperson deem a company or individual deserving of the particular recognition.

This year, the following seven awards were presented. Click the links below for additional information and a video about each award winner.

2018 Special Recognition Award – Assistant City Engineer Matt Watson

The 2018 Special Recognition Award was presented to Assistant City Engineer Matt Watson for going above and beyond his job duties to create a welcoming environment for development in Tiffin.

For the award presentation, SIEDC asked for feedback from representatives of the NRP Group, the developers behind the 52-unit Tiffin Pointe housing development. Their team members praised Watson for his diligence, and named Tiffin the most efficient and professional community they have worked with.

Tiffin City Administrator Dale Thornton also vouched for Watson’s excellence in the workplace. “Matt is an extremely valuable asset to the city and its residents,” he said.

Watson is a 2004 graduate of Tiffin Columbian High School and a 2009 graduate of The Ohio State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering along with state accreditation to become a Professional Land Surveyor. Aside from his time at OSU, he has been a lifelong resident of Seneca County and active within the community.

 

About the Special Recognition Award
This award is given by the President or Chairman, at his or her discretion, to any person, business, or group whose service to the community is largely unknown.

2018 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award – Ralph’s Joy of Living

The 2018 recipient of SIEDC’s Entrepreneurial Spirit Award was Ralph’s Joy of Living. Ralph’s is a family owned and operated business that has been in the community since 1950 and is currently run by Ralph (the original owner’s son) and Julie Smothers. Though Ralph took over the family business started by his father, he and Julie have made many changes to the business, making them true entrepreneurs in their own right.

Ralph’s Joy of Living began as Ralph’s Maytag, an appliance store, in 1950. When Ralph took over the business he added cabinetry to their offerings and Julie began teaching cooking classes. Then came the Joy of Living. Ralph and Julie expanded into a 6,000 square foot addition and became the only appliance store in the nation with a liquor license, selling all kinds of wine and specialty beer. Finally, in 2016 they added mattresses to the store.

“We are thankful for the community,” Ralph said. “We love Tiffin, we love our customers.”

 

About the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
This award is presented to an individual, business or organization that have exhibited the imagination, initiative, ability, and determination to mix capital and labor together to generate a business that provides employment opportunities and  new investment for the community.

2018 Outstanding Business Award – Zeis Companies

The 2018 Outstanding Business Award was presented to Zeis Companies for their business growth and exemplary community service.

Zeis Companies started in 1984, in the cabinet resurfacing business. The business grew into fire restoration services, and then sub-divisions and homes. Just this pass year, Zeis Companies was able to bring all of their operations under one roof in a new building N. SR 53. The building includes a showroom, a full shop for custom trim work and other pieces, as well as storage.

Zeis Companies is not just an asset to the community for the remodeling and restoration services they provide, but also for their community involvement and charitable works. Zeis was asked to assist in two Extreme Makeover: Home Edition builds, which inspired them to create the Extreme Build for Habitat for Humanity in 2011. Over the course of a day, volunteers are able to frame up and enclose an entire house. They have done four such builds since launching the program. They are also working with Habitat for Humanity to establish a ReStore, a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price.

Rich Zeis accepted the award on behalf of the company and all of its employees.

 

 

Outstanding Business Award criteria:
The business must be able to demonstrate leadership in their particular field. The business must be able to show the involvement of its owners, managers, or employees in community affairs. The business must be able to demonstrate generosity of time, talent, and money to local charities or non profit programs. The business must be able to show initiatives taken to improve the quality of life in the community. The business must be able to show activities that improve the community.

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award – New Riegel Cafe

The New Riegel Cafe was the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The cafe has been a Seneca County staple for more than 60 years.

The New Riegel Cafe is a family owned and operated restaurant started by W.J. “Pete” Boes in 1953. The cafe started out selling barbecued ribs and chicken before branching out to other fare, like ham and shrimp, and in 1971 began selling homemade bologna and sausage, as well as homemade salad dressing. The business expanded in the late 80’s with the addition of the gift shop, connected to the restaurant but located in the building next door.

The award was accepted by Tom Boes, who currently owns the restaurant with his brother, Dick Boes.

 

Lifetime Achievement Award criteria:
The business must be established with a history of continuous operation in the community. The business must be able to demonstrate community involvement and/or made some civic contributions that have made a significant impact on the quality of life in the community. The business must be an example of leadership in their business field, and an example of entrepreneurial spirit.

SIEDC honors local businesses, announces new projects

Awards presented and $350,000 in projects announced at Annual Meeting

TIFFIN, OHIO – April 28, 2015 – The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) held its 2015 Annual Meeting Tuesday night at Camden Falls. The event was attended by more than 275 people and included a review of 2014, project announcements, a keynote speaker and award presentations.

SIEDC President and CEO David Zak presented a review of 2014. “You could and can positively feel the excitement and momentum in Tiffin continuing to build. More than $75 million invested in new and expanding businesses, and 2600 jobs created and retained, absolutely amazing statistics,” Zak said.

In 2014, investment in manufacturing exceeded $40 million and created or retained more than 1,000 jobs, health projects accounted for $16 million in investment and 650 jobs, and education saw $10 million in investment on top of the $50 million invested in the last decade. Retail had the highest number of projects in 2014 with more than 20 new projects, not including down Tiffin. The Façade Enhancement Grant program accounted for $200,000 of investment in 15 downtown projects.

Zak announced two new projects representing $350,000 in investment. The Laird Arcade will move forward with a $300,000 improvement project, half of which will come from the Community Development Block Grant. The project will repair and upgrade the roof, electrical and HVAC systems. Additionally, SIEDC will select and pursue a state-funded $50,000 beautification project in the industrial corridor on Wall Street.

Also announced were the speakers for the Downtown Summit on May 6, and a new email newsletter. Speakers for the summit will be downtown transportation experts Tedd Hardesty and Brad Strader, national downtown authority and author of Tiffin’s strategic plan Craig Gossman, town-gown guru Terry Foegler, and community development expert Lisa Patt-McDaniel. Additionally, the first issue of Incentive INSIGHT, a monthly newsletter updating businesses on government programs, sharing success stories, and profiling local resource contacts, will go out on May 1.

Keynote speaker Glenn Richardson, Managing Director for Advanced Manufacturing and Aerospace for JobsOhio, provided insight into JobsOhio and manufacturing in Ohio and, specifically, northwest Ohio.

The following SIEDC Awards were presented:

  • Partnership in Development Award – Fostoria Economic Development Corporation, accepted by Renee Smith, president, and Chris Iannatuono, board of trustees chair
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit Award – Beehive Café, accepted by Ashlee Decker, owner
  • Outstanding Business Award – Steyer Seeds, accepted by Tony and Bernie Steyer
  • Economic Development Award – Webster Industries, accepted by Andy Felter, president and CEO
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Chuck Cooper, accepted by Ty Cooper
  • President’s Award – Paul Marion

About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.